Maximum immunity for a Super Immune winterApril 2022 April 2022 Share Link Close share Copy link It happens every year: as soon as the temperatures start to drop, people tend to get sick, and now that winter is almost here, it is the perfect time to boost your immune system with the right vitamins and minerals. USN has a wide range of products available in its Health and Wellness range to have a Super Immune winter. WHAT IS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM? First things first: what is the immune system, and why is it important? The immune system is an intricate network of organs, cells, proteins, and tissues that operates as the body’s natural defence system against microbes (foreign invaders). This system consists of two main parts, the innate (non-specific) immune system and the adaptive (specific) immune system. The innate immune system is the immune system that you are born with, which includes external barriers such as the skin and mucous membranes of the gut and throat. The adaptive immune system develops when the body is exposed to viruses and diseases. Even though the immune system’s primary purpose is to protect the body against various bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungus, it sometimes requires some encouragement to reach its full potential. Effective ways to boost the immune system are eating nutrient-rich foods, getting enough sleep, exercising, and strengthening with specific vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. SUPER IMMUNE This super immune-boosting formulation has 1000 milligrams of Vitamin C to boost your immune system in the winter and help your body fight infection. Super Immune is also full of antioxidants and alkalising minerals that help to balance the body’s pH levels. Super Immune protects the body against the effects of free radicals and combats excessive acidity in the body that is conducive to disease and illness. The active ingredients in Super Immune are L-glutamine, vitamin C, Yestimun® beta-glucan, L-glutathione, vitamin D, chromium, selenium, zinc, potassium, calcium, and magnesium. IMMUNE HEALTH Packed with antioxidants and immune-boosting vitamins, Immune Health capsules have been formulated with ingredients that assist the body in fighting infections. active ingredients are Yestimun® beta-glucan, vitamins C and D3, and zinc. MULTI-VITAMIN & MINERALS A multi-vitamin is a supplement that consists of a blend of vitamins, minerals and other vital ingredients, which can be consumed to fill the nutritional gaps that your body does not receive from your daily food intake. USN’s Multi-Vitamin & Minerals is convenient and easy to drink. Thanks to the soft gel capsule and specifically formulated ingredients, Multi-Vitamin & Minerals only can be consumed once a day, making it ideal for people who live a busy lifestyle. The active ingredients in Multi-Vitamin & Minerals are zinc, vitamins A, B, C, D, E and H, folic acid, and iron. PURE ASHWAGANDHA The ancient ayurvedic herb, ashwagandha, benefits many body parts, including the thyroid, brain, and immune system. This evergreen shrub helps to reduce anxiety and stress while boosting brain function. USN’s Pure Ashwagandha can help reduce inflammation in your body and boost your immune system. Research suggests that ashwagandha improves the body’s white blood cell count and increases immunoglobulin production—antibodies that fight off disease in your immune system. SWITCH OFF USN’s Switch Off is an advanced nootropic sleeping aid that helps to induce sleep and enhances restful and restorative sleep. Switch Off has no next-day sluggishness and promotes next-day mental performance while decreasing anxiety and stress. It is also non-habit-forming and does not alter brain chemicals or create dependencies. The active ingredients in Switch Off are valerian, gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), ashwagandha, L-theanine, 5-HTP, hops, and black pepper. SWITCH OFF AND ULTIMATE IMMUNITY Sleep plays an essential role in immune health, as sufficient high-quality sleep can build innate and adaptive immunity. Giving your body enough time to rest and recover is crucial for your immune system to function optimally. When you sleep, the body produces a protein known as cytokines that target inflammation and infection. The body also produces T-cells—white blood cells that play a crucial role in the body’s immune response to infections—when sleeping. APPLE CIDER VINEGAR Apple cider vinegar is made from fermented apples. Thanks to the acetic acid, apple cider vinegar is a natural probiotic (friendly bacteria) that can boost your immune system and gut health. Apple cider vinegar is also full of antioxidants that prevent damage to your body’s cells. USN’s Apple Cider Vinegar is formulated with chromium picolinate and Gotu Kola to encourage weight loss, boost your mood and reduce appetite. The active ingredients are apple cider vinegar, Gotu kola, and chromium. INGREDIENTS THAT CAN BOOST THE IMMUNE SYSTEM USN’s Health and Wellness range consists of products with a combination of the following ingredients: 5-HTP is a chemical that the body produces from tryptophan—an essential amino acid that you get from food—that can promote sleep by enhancing melatonin production. 5-HTP supplements can help raise serotonin levels in the brain, which can help improve your mood. Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C): Ascorbic acid reduces oxidative stress on cells and protects the body against free radicals. It also boosts the immune system by assisting with the development of white blood cells. Biotin (Vitamin H): It can promote a healthy nervous system, as well as healthy skin, hair, eyes and liver. Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3): Also known as Vitamin D3, cholecalciferol helps the body absorb calcium and phosphorus and is vital to maintaining and building strong bones. Cyanocobalamin (Vitamin B12): This vitamin helps to support the normal functioning of nerve cells and is needed for red blood cell formation. It can also boost energy and can help improve your memory. D-α-Tocopherol (Vitamin E): It promotes healthy skin, assists with wound healing and reduces inflammation in the body. D-α-Tocopherol can also help with countering cognitive decline. Folic acid helps the body produce and maintain new cells and prevents changes to DNA that may lead to cancer. Gota kola is a medicinal plant that is believed to strengthen the immune system. Hops are the dried, flowering part of the hop plant that can affect melatonin and serotonin. Hops encourage circadian rhythms—physical, behavioural and mental changes that follow a 24-hour cycle, enhancing sleep induction. Iron: It is known for its ability to help preserve vital functions in the body, like providing general energy and developing a healthy immune system. Iron also helps with the regulation of body temperature and is helpful for individuals that have iron deficiencies. L-theanine increases bedtime relaxation that allows a smoother transition from awake to sleep. L-theanine boosts dopamine, serotonin and GABA levels. Nicotinamide (Vitamin B3): This vitamin boosts immunity, increases lipid barrier to retain moisture in the skin better, protects against sun damage and protects against oxidative stress (antioxidant). Pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5): Pantothenic acid helps convert food into energy and boosts overall energy levels. It also assists with the proper functioning of the nervous system and making and carrying oxygenated red blood cells through the body. Pyridoxine HCl (Vitamin B6): This vitamin maintains nerve health and can improve your mood. It also assists with haemoglobin production, can promote eye health and may treat inflammation. Riboflavin (Vitamin B2): Riboflavin helps break down protein, fats and carbs. It plays a vital role in maintaining the body’s energy supply and assists with ATP creation (a high-intensity energy source). Retinol (Vitamin A): Retinol is essential for your vision, growth, cell division, reproduction and immunity. It also has antioxidant properties. Yestimun® beta-glucan helps the body to face its daily immune challenges by stimulating macrophages—a type of white blood cell that kills microorganisms, stimulates other immune system cells to respond to foreign invaders and removes dead cells. This ingredient is known for protecting the body against common colds. Zinc helps the immune system function properly by activating enzymes that break down proteins in viruses and bacteria, making them less likely to spread. It also encourages the activation of cells that are responsible to fight infection and helps keep inflammation under control. A zinc deficiency affects cells involved in both innate and adaptive immunity and it is therefore important to add a zinc supplement to your life.